Laura Thies

Laura Thies

A native of Germany, Laura has earned her BFA in Musical Theater, a Certificate in Screen Writing, a Certificate in 16mm Film Production, an MA in Media Studies, and an MA in International Affairs. She lives in New York City.

From Laura:

I was born and raised in a tiny village in the south of Germany, where I developed my passion for the arts, especially the theater. At the age of 16 I left for a one-year exchange program in Canada in order to learn English and French, but loving my life away from home and sensing new opportunities, I stayed and finished high school abroad.

At the age of 18, a dream came true when I was accepted to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. After graduating from AMDA I enrolled at the New School, where I found my love for film and video making, and the chance to have my own voice heard. Over the course of five years, I earned a BFA in Musical Theater, a Certificate in Screen Writing, a Certificate in 16mm Film Production, an MA in Media Studies, and an MA in International Affairs.

Seven years ago I came to New York as a girl whose dream it was to be on stage. Still being active in the world of theater, having worked on countless film productions and now understanding much more about the many ways the world turns, I am excited to have finished school, and to go on to do bigger and better things that might make a difference and might change a thing or two about this life. With my unique, theoretical as well as practical knowledge about the theater, the media, and the world, I hope to create powerful projects and works of art to give people a voice, who otherwise would not be heard, and to share the experience I am gaining with those who are interested in learning.

Self Portrait from Laura Thies on Vimeo.


June 18, 2010

For the second time in my life I participated in the global movement entitled Take Back the Night (TBTN). It aims to end sexual violence especially against women, but our group at The New School (and many others) opens it up to simply fight gender based violence.

To give you a better understanding of TBTN I first would like to share a quote with you from the official website of the movement:

“Why Take Back the Night?

May 27, 2010

Three days left to the presidential elections in Colombia. The outcome is supposedly quite critical for the country’s future and I am searching the German mainstream media for any updates.

December 14, 2009

On November 23, Marie Mainil sat with veteran diplomat Søren Jessen-Petersen in Washington, DC, to gain his insights as to what the next generation of diplomats can learn from diplomacy today, and what they can bring to the table tomorrow. In this exclusive interview, Jessen-Petersen speaks of the need for honesty, integrity and respect in the diplomatic craft, the definition of "success," and the need to ensure that diplomacy serves human security. Video.

October 23, 2009

For the past ten months I have dedicated countless hours of my time researching the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that has been shaking up the country (especially its women) for over a decade now. I was first drawn to this subject through this year’s campaign of VDay, an organization that works to end the violence against women around the globe. It was founded by Eve Ensler, who wrote the “Vagina Monogogues” and I participated in this year’s events by directing another one of Mrs.